Brotherly Kindness – It is interesting for every believer to know that the only good that will account on the last day is the good one has done in the body of Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
- James 2:15-16 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
Text Of Interest:
Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Case Study Text
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; also to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:5-10)
Brotherly Kindness Is Without Godliness:
And for sure you can’t be godly without being kind. And not just being kind but brotherly kindness if not, it amounts to hypocrisy. Therefore, believers are admonished by Apostle Peter to add to their godliness, brotherly kindness. The term brotherly kindness can be substituted or translated as brotherly affection. Or Christian love and something like loving and enjoying other believers. In other words it means that friendliness which expresses warm heart of love established on a factual sincerity.
This brotherly affection is void of any negative intent, whether in preclusion or exclusion before the expression is carried out. It is a wholehearted activity sourced out of the knowledge of who/what one has become in Christ. And as a result of this one unleashes it to the recipient. If it is void of negative intents, it means is altruistic in nature. The implication is that it doesn’t in any way expect something in return. This shows that such brotherly kindness is not originating from the human mind but it is of divine.
In discussing this subject I like to use this expression that brotherly kindness is, loving and enjoying other believers. This is actually typifies what it stands. Loving and enjoying other believers, means establishing a relationship that is void of greed, envy and strife. This means that when other believers are prospering in their endeavors, you are the one to start appreciating God because of them. And not wanting that such should have happened to you first.
Brotherly Kindness Means Being There For Others:
It also means that when other believers are in a situation, you should be the one with or without their consent seeking the face of God in prayers and fasting selflessly and not the other way round of mocking and being happy about what they are going through.
Therefore, brotherly kindness is very essential in the life of the believer. This is because it polishes the life of godliness in a believer. Godliness is an act of piety or worship to God. But if carried out without brotherly kindness it becomes a mere show or egocentric activity. Take for instance, if a brother in the church is going through tough times and hardly have the basic three square meals a day. The tendency is there that other brethren should help and up his life.
Though, this help is not an obligation but on the other hand is a necessity laid on the believers. In fact, there is no room for them to abdicate from it because the person in question is among them. In expressing brotherly kindness, giving is required. What defines the act of giving here is the motive behind the act. If you give selflessly it becomes an act of brotherly kindness and if it is otherwise it becomes otiose gesture. The ugly side of it is that this kind of gesture doesn’t have any spiritual content.
Those In The Same House Hold Of Faith:
Brotherly kindness involves the believer’s demonstration of compassion and affection towards other people. And mostly towards the brethren who are of the same house hold of faith. In the house hold of faith, no believer is required to carry his burden alone. This is because among the brethren the attitude or character of brotherly kindness in embedded in them. This is done by the Holy Spirit who has sealed all as one in Christ.
Therefore, what touches one also touches all. No believer looks away from the sufferings of the fellow believer even the sufferings of outside people. The believer in Christ has been created to be that way. The tendency to help in order to alleviate situation is there, and he does that freely and willingly without making it a big deal. This is because he isn’t the one doing it. The fact he should acknowledge is that it is God who causes him to will and to do. See Philippians 2:13.
The Stand Of Brotherly Kindness:
Interestingly, like I said earlier, the demonstration of brotherly kindness must depend on what the motive behind the act is. The motive qualifies it to either be an act of brotherly kindness or an act or curling and garnering favour. And using it to seek an opportunity to be positioned for certain social benefits. In this case, it is no longer brotherly kindness because brotherly kindness is done without expectation of anything in return from any human.
The demonstration of the act of kindness with the motive of expecting something in exchange for the kindness is not Holy Spirit motivated kindness. And therefore, it is called dead works because such do not have spiritual value. The doer of such kindness receives his reward from man here on earth. The rewards are nothing but perishable things that will be there today and tomorrow are gone. But that which is Holy Spirit motivated is rewarded in the eternity and has eternal value (Luke 14:13-14, 1Cor 3:13-15).
The Areas We Can Showcase Our Brotherly Kindness
- In praying for one another – Map out sometime pray for that brother or sister in a situation, or his or her family is in a situation. Pray should not be only for you and your family always. See James 5:16, Ephesians 3:14-16, Colossians 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:25, 2 Thessalonians 3:1, Hebrews 13:18.
- In carrying the burden of each other – As believers we should make it a point of duty to share burden we fellow brethren. See Romans 12:15 -16. Galatians 6:2
- Helping the poor and the needy among us – We should as a matter of fact take care of the poor and the needy among. Our ignorance to their existence is evil – James 2:15-16.
- Restoring a brother who has gone astray. It shows that you care… Galatians 6:1, James 5:19.
- Not speaking evil of any of your brothers, no matter what! – James 4:11
- Defend your brother – Do not support any castigation of your brother by an outsider, even if your brother is at fault. Don’t complain about your brother to an outsider – 1 Corinthians 6:5-8.
- Forgive the offense of your brother – Matthew 18:15-17, Ephesians 4:32
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